Addis Isabel Aguilar: the Cuban artist who gives life to the dead (+ Photos)Publicado: marzo 2, 2021
March, 2021.-For almost twenty years, the artisan artist from Camagüey Addis Isabel Aguilar dedicates herself in a sustained way to the pictorial recreation of inanimate objects extracted from daily life (Still life), turning flowers, fruits, seeds, vessels, bottles, branches. of trees, corals, shells and leaves discarded in works of art. She is a defender of nature and the national symbols that are present in her actions.
It is recorded in history that the origins of the pictorial representation of inanimate objects go back to the characters of “Greek food offerings, which are generally found in Greek and Roman mosaics, with a decorative purpose; but still life appeared as an independent genre only in the Renaissance, and was initially considered inferior in comparison to portraiture or allegories ”.
It was from 2002 that Addis Isabel became interested in this art in the Cuban city of Camagüey, whose historic center is a World Heritage Site. She has participated in six personal exhibitions and twelve group exhibitions, among which the 2004 Acalarre Hall stands out, sponsored by the Camagüey branch of the Cuban Association of Artisan Artists (ACAA), an event in which her project achieved mention.
She reveals the creator who, since she was a child, collected dried leaves and flowers and kept them between the pages of her books to give them life. “It hurt me a lot to see them decompose on the ground or be thrown away. Later, as an adult, my son, who is a ceramist, informed me that a course on Still Life would be given at the artisans’ headquarters and I immediately joined ”.
She added that there are dissimilar forms of Still Life: pressed and dried in dark rooms to later work on paintings and floral ornaments, among other ways. “It is for me to bring something that is dead back to life. In my hands it comes back to life. ” she assured the national digital site of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
As a consequence of his consecration and quality of his work in this pictorial art in which design, chromaticism and lighting converge (“to produce an effect of serenity, well-being and harmony”), in 2003 he won a prize in the Arts Contest Manuals Love and Hands, organized by the Office of the Historian of the City of Camagüey.
Addis Isabel is a member of the Colibrí de Arte Miniaturista Project, attached to the José Martí Cultural Society, in the soft region of shepherds and hats, under the successful, active and enthusiastic baton of Nazario Salazar Martínez, which has become a broad movement that brings together more of a hundred people in the whole province.
With skill and aesthetics, the artisan artist Addis Isabel Aguilar decorates clay jugs with seeds and other elements of everyday life. She defends with conviction that “nature is beautiful and that we must all take care of it.” (Photos by the author)(Translated by Linet Acuña Quilez)